Home for the Holidays

Tips to Help Someone in Recovery Better Weather Christmas and New Year’s Eve As noted in recent blogs, the holidays are generally tough for someone recovering from an alcohol or drug addiction. There are, however, some tried-and-true tips that loved ones can administer to help ensure that Christmas and New Year’s Eve are more parts…

Holiday Cheer

Over the holidays surround yourself with a community that understands. Most people describe the holidays with words, for example, such as “family,” “fun,” and “frolic” It’s expected that we look forward to the happy times between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. For the person with a history of alcohol or drug issues, however, the very…

Surviving the Holidays

Knowing the Temptations at This Time Can Help You Beat Them MedHelp, which bills itself as the “World’s Largest Health Community,” offers a forum on its website designed to let people recovering from addictions share what they’re going through during various points of their quest. With the holidays coming soon, two posts, in particular, seem…

Group Hug

The Right Step’s Alumni Program Can Provide Help When It’s Most Needed Five years ago, in a courtroom where he stood begging for clemency after an arrest tied to a drug-related traffic accident, Garrett Reid told a judge, “I don’t want to die doing drugs. I don’t want to be that kid who was the…

Continuing Education

How Both Subtraction and Addition Can Equal a Better Life Here’s a math quiz, courtesy of Dr. Phil McGraw – who is MUCH better known without his last name: What does 3 plus 10 plus 7 plus 5 equal? The answer, believe it or not, is you. Indeed, Dr. Phil opines in his book, “Self…

Recovery Coaching and Communication

Open Communication Provides Support in Addiction Recovery Denial is an inherent part of addiction. This includes not being open and honest about symptoms and severity of alcohol addiction and drug addiction. There are many reasons why addicted people don’t confide in physicians, family, or friends; one being that the addicts, themselves, don’t realize they have…

A Parent’s Role in Adolescent Addiction

Everywhere they look—television, billboards, magazines, the Internet, and the radio—adolescents see messages about alcohol, sex, drugs. According to The Journal of Adolescent Health, “those brands with higher youth-to-adult viewership ratios were significantly more likely to have a higher percentage of occurrences with addiction.” That means the things adolescents see in their everyday lives may negatively…